The state of Georgia is loaded with top-end talent in 2019, and the Bulldogs already have commitments from three of the nation’s top-10 prospects in the ’19 class. All three are Georgia natives, though one of them plays for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
Here are three other top targets for Smart and the Bulldogs in the 2019 recruiting cycle. And, yes, all three are from Georgia.
ATH Trezmen Marshall
The particulars: Marshall (6 feet 1, 236 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Homerville (Ga.) Clinch County.
The skinny: Marshall, from the southeast part of the state, is a top-10 athlete and a top-100 prospect overall. Marshall is a big-time talent on both sides of the ball, though he sure would look good as an inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense – which, of course, is Georgia’s preferred scheme. In December, Marshall said he had a top three of Alabama, Clemson and Georgia, and Georgia thought by many to be the favorite. But everybody in the SEC – and elsewhere – is after Marshall.
OLB Owen Pappoe
The particulars: Pappoe (6-0, 211 pounds) is a five-star prospect from Loganville (Ga.) Grayson.
The skinny: Pappoe, who is from the Atlanta suburbs, is the top-ranked outside linebacker in the country and is one of the top-10 prospects overall, as well. He has an impressive list of offers from programs across the country, but it sure looks as if everything points to Georgia here. Pappoe is extremely athletic – his Twitter handle is @opfreak15, and the “freak” part definitely fits – and he is one of four Atlanta-area prospects in the national top 14.
DT Travon Walker
The particulars: Walker (6-4, 255 pounds) is a four-star prospect from Thomaston (Ga.) Upson-Lee.
The skinny: Walker, from the middle of the state, is a top-five defensive tackle and a top-30 overall prospect. Nine of the nation’s top 16 defensive tackles reside in the SEC “footprint,” and Walker is one of the two best. While everybody in the SEC wants Walker, Georgia is the unquestioned favorite, at least for now. He is one of the top five prospects in the state, and the Bulldogs are in the driver’s seat for four of them.
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